WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester County law enforcement is launching an anonymous Web tip program -- tip411 -- that will allow anyone with a smartphone, tablet, standard cellphone or computer to text in a tip to the local police department.
The Westchester County Crime Tips app is available for both Android and iPhone devices and will enable the public to send anonymous tips to the local police department with the police able to respond, creating a two-way anonymous “chat.”
The software was developed by CitizenObserver, a St. Paul, Minn., company, that provides Web-based alerting tools to local state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies in more than 40 states.
Tip 411 protects the anonymity of the sender by assigning a six-digit code with numbers and letters, and removes all identifying information before the police see it. The app also allows the sender to text photos and videos.
The app is not a substitute for calling 911; people in need of police or first responders should dial 911.
The police departments in Westchester County that are participating in the program are:
- Briarcliff Manor
- Dobbs Ferry
- Mamaroneck town
- Mamaroneck village
- Mount Pleasant
- Mount Vernon
- New Castle
- New Rochelle
- North Castle
- Pelham Manor
- Pelham village
- Port Chester
- Pound Ridge
- Rye Brook
- Sleepy Hollow
- SUNY Purchase
- Westchester County Department of Public Safety
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